Sandston in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Savage’s Station
A Fighting Withdrawal
—1862 Peninsula Campaign —
Hoping to catch McClellan on the move, Gen. Robert E. Lee ordered an attack at Savage’s Station on June 29, Confederate troops under Gen. John Magruder encountered the Federal rear guard near the station in the late afternoon. In a twilight battle, Union forces under Gen. Edwin V. “Bull” Sumner held back the Southern assaults while McClellan proceeded southward. When darkness put an end to the battle, 444 Confederates and 919 Northerners were counted as casualties. That night, Sumner withdrew from the station and followed McClellan south across White Oak Swamp.
“…the burning piles of stores and the explosion of a trainload of ammunition…showed us we were in full retreat.”
- Dr. Daniel Hand, 1st Minnesota Infantry, Sully’s Brigade, USA
Erected by Virginia Civil War
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 31.695′ N, 77° 16.148′ W. Marker is in Sandston, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on Meadow Road (County Route 156), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sandston VA 23150, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seven Days Battles - Savage’s Station (here, next to this marker); McClellan’s Withdrawal (here, next to this marker); Route to White Oak Swamp and Malvern Hill (here, next to this marker); Savage Station (here, next to this marker); Seven Days Battles (a few steps from this marker); McClellan's Third Line (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Trent House (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Seven Days Battles (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandston.
More about this marker. A drawing on the upper left carries the caption: While the battle raged, the destruction of ordnance and commissary stores continued. In this scene, an ammunition train blows up while Sumner’s men fight to hold Magruder at bay.
A photo in the lower center is captioned: When
On the right side a map details the tactical situation discussed in the text.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,708 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3. submitted on November 20, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 4. submitted on September 30, 2015. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.